Wine & Enology
Making, Tasting & Appreciation

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Spring Vineyard Workshop

Grape Grower & Wine Maker workshop
Saturday, March 23, 2019
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Hosted by The Southern Minnesota Wine Grower Alliance (SMWGA) and University of Minnesota Extension

Grape growers, wine makers and hobbyists of all levels are welcome to attend. This hands-on workshop will include:
1) A walk in the vineyard to learn how to manage winter injury when pruning, and how to re-train vines between VSP and high cordon systems.
2) An interactive activity on designing a vineyard pest management program
3) A tour of Chankaska's wine cellar

Learn more about the workshop
$30 SMWGA members /$35 for non-members

(Registration not available through the Arboretum)

Grow and Maintain Your Own Grapevines

Saturday, March 30, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Annie Klodd, Horticulture Educator, University of Minnesota Extension

In the spring, grapevines are at the entrance of every big box store- are they difficult to grow? Find out by joining us to learn the basics of grape growing! Annie will start with a sample of regionally grown grape products, and chat with the class about the first decision of grape growing: intended use. Whether you plan to make wine, eat fresh grapes, make jam, or just have a bit of shade impacts how you plant and manage your vines. Then the class discussion will move on to how you site the plants in your yard, where to find good quality grapevines and select the cultivar, how to properly plant a grapevine, and trellis options. Annie will end by discussing maintenance such as pruning, pest control, and steps to take in the first and second year. You'll leave with a grapevine to plant at home, and the knowledge you need to plant and maintain it for shade, fresh grapes, wine, or jam!
Limit 40, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - MacVay Learning Lab

$41 member/$56 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Introduction to Wine Tasting and Wine Appreciation

Saturday, April 6
1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Drew Horton, University of Minnesota Enology Specialist at the Horticulture Research Center

The millenia-old tradition of grape fermentation produces an astonishing array of complex flavors and diverse wine types! Join Drew Horton, the University of Minnesota's enology (wine research) specialist to increase your knowledge and appreciation for this ancient beverage. In the company of aspiring wine aficionados, you will
  • learn how to taste and describe wine
  • how to read a wine label
  • how wine glasses impact your tasting experience
  • the basics of wine and food pairing
Drew's experience as a winemaker and his conversational style will impart a level of knowledge sure to make your next winery visit much more interesting, and impress your next dinner party's guests! For ages 21 and up. Fee includes light hors d'oeuvres, extensive wine sampling and Riedel wine glass.
Limit 40, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - MacVay Learning Lab

$80 member/$95 non-member, includes Arboretum admission



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